Onslow – Jones Reentry Resource Council (ORR), the local reentry council, was organized by a coalition of government and private agencies and the faith-based community with the purpose to integrate a variety of services for the incarcerated and current offenders with criminal records and to increase public awareness and develop safe communities.
Each year more than 22,000 inmates are released from North Carolina’s state prison system. Ninety-eight percent of the inmates in prison today will be released in the future.
The North Carolina Division of Adult Correction and Local Reentry Councils strives to prepare formerly incarcerated offenders for successful lives as law-abiding taxpayers. The reentry councils exist to coordinate transitional services, including housing, to people returning to the community after incarceration. Former offenders are connected with the appropriate council partners upon release, and the council works with the former offenders to ensure they receive the necessary social services. The council serves as a navigator of the community for the former offender while working with the former offender continue to work with transitioning individuals throughout the process of reintegration.
THE GOAL OF THE LOCAL REENTRY COUNCILS:
- To advocate for returning citizens and community initiatives to help prevent recidivism and reduce maintenance develop policies movements, like the “Ban the box” initiatives.
- To develop a collaborative community strategy for serving people with criminal records.
- To include a variety of community-based partners: workforce development, criminal justice, and justice administration, social services, and faith-based agencies that will actively participate in an effort of Onslow and Jones County.
- To educate the public and service providers by conducting job fairs.
- To provide support and direction to local stakeholders in the community in their efforts to leverage resources.
- To help to develop healthy returning formerly incarcerated individuals. To become productive citizens and reduce recidivism and victimization in our community.
- To educate employers about of hiring an individual with a criminal record.
- To identify needs and provide access to and network for returning citizens by helping them guide thru community agencies.
- To pinpoint and maintain resource guide for housing and education.
- To provide a seamless continuity of services for the newly released offender enhancing inmate employment opportunities and stability and mitigating identified risk factors associated with criminal behavior.
The local Council meeting is open to the public and meets each month on the second Tuesday in the Jacksonville Public Safety Building in the public classroom at 10:00 am. The Council is open for the public to attend. If you have any questions, please call 910-939-5173.
The next scheduled meeting is:
- June 13, 2017 —- No Meeting please report to the Job Fair and Resource Fair -112 Kerr Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540 Door open at 10:00 am until 1 pm.
- July 11, 2017— Cancel for Vacation season
- August 8, 2017
- September 12, 2017- canceled due to weather
- October 10, 2017
- November 14, 2017
- December 12, 2017
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.